Becoming a successful entrepreneur is difficult, but it’s even more difficult if you’re a college dropout. This week’s guest defines “self-made.” From waiting tables to writing (and re-writing) code to becoming an entrepreneur, he’s also self-taught. In this week’s episode, you’ll hear about Marcus Whitney’s personal roller coaster—and how the ride we call life has made him the person he is today.
What happens when you’re in your final semester of college and you run out of money to pay your tuition? You light your ass on fire and take action — because as Benjamin Franklin once said, “Action is the foundational key to all success.” In this week’s episode, you’ll hear what Miguel Armaza did when he was in this situation. Miguel grew up moving around the world, and global citizenship became part of his identity at an early age. He spent several years living in Moscow and Beijing — where he learned the ins and outs of each country’s culture.Early in his career, he created one of the 50 most popular pages on Facebook — reaching 2.6 million fans in the first three months. His biggest regret? Not using that momentum, which led to the page ultimately being shut down.
How do you know what your dream job is? And what happens when you finally land it? In this week’s episode, you’ll hear the story behind how Christine Bader answers these questions. After earning her MBA at Yale, Christine got her first job at BP — during a time when corporate social responsibility (CSR) was just emerging. There was no playbook or foolproof guide — it was simply new, uncharted territory. But she loved the concept of CSR, so she took that passion with her as she moved on to other opportunities, including writing her book, Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil, and finding (what she thought was) her dream job as the director of social responsibility at Amazon. In this episode, we talk about how she had “everything” professionally but realized this actually wasn’t the life she wanted. Listen to find out how she ultimately decided to quit her dream job and pursue her latest venture as the co-founder of The Life I Want.